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CN BC: Kelowna Making Plans For Pot

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:00
Kelowna Capital News, 28 Oct 2017 - Kelowna city staff say cannabis should only be sold from storefront dispensaries licenced by the provincial government and under rules similar to existing liquor stores. And their locations and operations should be controlled by municipal land use zoning and bylaws. Those are the key recommendations in a report to go to city council Monday morning after the province asked municipalities across the B.C. for input about how marijuana and cannabis products should be distributed once the federal government makes them legal next July.

CN BC: Quesnel Council Council Digs Into Cannabis Legalization

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:00
Quesnel Cariboo Observer, 27 Oct 2017 - Mayor and council of the City of Quesnel developed, discussed and passed a response to provincial government for policy considerations for a regulatory framework for non-medical cannabis in British Columbia at its Oct. 24 meeting. Following the 2015 federal election, the Liberal government started working on its campaign promise to legalize cannabis across the country.

CN ON: Ontario Takes First Steps To Roll Out Pot Stores

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 28 Oct 2017 - TORONTO - Municipalities in Ontario will find out in the coming weeks where the government wants to locate the first batch of provincially run cannabis stores once recreational marijuana is legalized next summer. In a letter to local authorities sent Friday, Finance Minister Charles Sousa said Ontario's store roll out aims to achieve the right geographic distribution across the province and to reduce the number of illegal marijuana dispensaries that have opened since the federal government announced its plans to legalize pot.

CN AB: NDP To Roll Out Its Cannabis Legislation In Fall Sitting

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 28 Oct 2017 - Alberta will introduce legislation laying out its plan for cannabis legalization, and also make a final call on whether storefront sales will be managed by government monopoly or private interests, before the end of the year. Alberta laid out the broad strokes of its cannabis plan earlier this month. But NDP government House Leader Brian Mason said Friday the province will introduce two pieces of legislation in the fall sitting: One will deal with the road-safety and impairment aspects of cannabis and the other dealing with cannabis regulation, including distribution, sales, where it can be consumed and the minimum legal age. He added that, across the country, everyone is scrambling to have their own province-specific laws in place before Ottawa's July 1, 2018, deadline for recreational marijuana legalization.

CN AB: Column: Despite Fanfare, Medical Benefits Of Marijuana Remain

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:00
Medicine Hat News, 28 Oct 2017 - Many Canadians can hardly wait for the day that the recreational use of marijuanabecomes legal. As a medical doctor, I'm far less enthusiastic. I worry about two things: The experimental nature of marijuana in medical practice and the public health consequences of legalized marijuana. Before you write me off as overly prudish or an anti-marijuana conservative, let me say out of the gate that I'm not opposed to legalized marijuana in principle - I'm just paying attention to the evidence, or rather, the lack of it. My concern is that as marijuanabecomes more easily available, Canadians may become more inclined to self-medicate with this so-called "miracle drug."

CN AB: Former Cop Urges Caution Regarding Cannabis In The Workplace

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:00
Medicine Hat News, 28 Oct 2017 - Ed Secondiak began his Friday lecture on cannabis in the workplace by cautioning against potential dangers of the soon-to-be-legalized substance. "We would consider marijuana a dangerous drug simply because impairment is not recognized by the individual or perhaps the person (working) with them," said Secondiak, a former drug enforcement RCMP officer who now works with ECS Safety.

CN BC: Neis Excuses Herself From Pot Talk

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 27 Oct 2017 - West Kelowna councillor declares conflict of interest during discussion of B.C.'s policy on sale of marijuana West Kelowna city Coun. Rosalind Neis did not participate this week in discussions about how marijuana should be distributed when it is legalized.

CN BC: Council Blowing Smoke For Provincial Government

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 27 Oct 2017 - COUNCIL BLOWING SMOKE FOR PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT At a special council meeting, Tuesday city council lit up its marijuana advice for the provincial government. Mayor Doug Findlater and his council provided feedback for the ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General on the legalization of non-medical marijuana. Council came up with these suggestions:

CN AB: Editorial: Hands Off The Weed!

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 27 Oct 2017 - To paraphrase rock outfit The White Stripes: Premier Rachel Notley, we've said it once before but it bears repeating. Do not listen to public sector unions when it comes to marijuana sales in Alberta.

CN BC: Tougher Charges For Fentanyl Dealers Not The Answer: Experts

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Oct 2017 - Health and legal experts are urging caution about the idea of charging fentanyl dealers with manslaughter, saying such a move would do little to deter sellers and could instead punish those who are already struggling with substance-use disorders. B.C. Solicitor-General Mike Farnworth mentioned the idea to reporters at an unrelated event last week, saying it was raised at a recent meeting of federal and provincial public safety ministers.

CN ON: Mix Of Medicial And Illegal Pot Brings Fine

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:00
The Observer, 19 Oct 2017 - After admitting the medicinal pot in his possession had been illegally supplemented by some non-medicinal pot, a Sarnia man again pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug possession - but to a different judge. These "additional facts" temporarily put to rest a legal conundrum and likely a Canadian first - whether a lawful prescription becomes unlawful due to use - that delayed a decision on the drug possession charge originally expected in August.

CN ON: City Firefighters To Have Naloxone

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:00
The Sun Times, 17 Oct 2017 - This is looking after our own people here as well as the public." Doug Barfoot, fire chief Owen Sound firefighters will soon have a new tool at their disposal that could potentially save lives. Fire Chief Doug Barfoot said within the next month or so, Owen Sound Fire & Emergency Services will begin carrying naloxone - the highly effective drug that can temporarily reverse an overdose by fentanyl or other opioids - on their main truck.

CN MB: Column: Weeding Through The Science

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 18 Oct 2017 - For a government that promised to legislate using evidence-based science, the rapid approach of legalized marijuana in Canada is starting to look like a case study in blind faith. Last week, federal justice officials issued the next round of details in their impending pot law.

CN NF: Editorial: Clock's Ticking

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:00
The Gulf News, 16 Oct 2017 - It must have been a busy meeting. A couple of weeks ago, Canada's federal and provincial justice and public safety ministers met in Vancouver for two days of meetings. They talked about delays in the criminal system and reforms to the Criminal Code over mandatory minimum sentencing provisions. About changes to the bail system and simpler and faster court proceedings. They talked about national security legislation and the safety of Canadians, about the legalization of marijuana and the nuances of home cultivation, and the health and safety effects of the drug, both on adults and the particular risks for young people. There was discussion about changing the rules on drunk driving to make it easier for police officers to require drivers to submit to breath testing, and on and on.

CN BC: Pot Shop Cannabis Rejuvenates A Life

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 19 Oct 2017 - John De Villa and his wife, Maxine, are afraid he'll lose access to the cannabis products that keep him seizure-free. The otherwise healthy software technician wasn't born with epilepsy, didn't drink or smoke, and hadn't taken as much as a Tylenol in decades.

CN AB: Consumption Site Approved For Lethbridge

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:00
Lethbridge Herald, 19 Oct 2017 - Health Canada approved the first few supervised consumption facilities in Alberta on Wednesday, including a site in downtown Lethbridge. ARCHES and Edmonton-based coalition AMSISE received an exemption from federal drug legislation, allowing them to operate supervised consumption sites.

CN ON: 49 FN Fund Medical Pot

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:00
The Daily Press, 16 Oct 2017 - Nearly 50 First Nations communities - including at least two in the Timmins area - are investing in medical marijuana. Matachewan and Wahgoshig First Nations are among the shareholders in DelShen Therapeutics, which is a licensed medical marijuana producer.

CN ON: 2 Charged After Pot Shop Raid

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 16 Oct 2017 - Ottawa police have staged another raid on an illegal marijuana dispensary, charging two people at the CannaGreen on Armstrong Street across from the Parkdale Market with drug trafficking. "We continue to stress that there is no 'grey area' when it comes to storefront marijuana dispensaries," said a statement from Staff Sgt. Rick Carey. "They are and will continue to be illegal operations."

CN AB: Province To Weigh All Options For Legal Marijuana Sales

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 14 Oct 2017 - Premier Rachel Notley won't say which way her NDP government is leaning when it comes to sales of legal cannabis, but she insists the province is carefully weighing the merits of public- and private-sector options. Under its policy framework unveiled last week, the NDP will allow recreational marijuana to be sold only in standalone stores once cannabis is legalized next year, but the government is still weighing whether to set up a system of government owned and operated stores, or leave retail to the private sector.

CN AB: Editorial: Leave The Sales To The Experts

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 06 Oct 2017 - Trust us, the grass is greener on the other side of state-run business. Anyone who ever had to line up outside one of a handful of Alberta liquor Control Board retail outlets back in the day knows how brutal it was buying something as simple as a case of beer or bottle of wine. It was enough to drive you to drink. Or how about the stress-elevating experience of a visit to the old department of motor vehicles. Talk about road rage. Privatization has made life so much easier in those two areas, not to mention the jobs created through competition and better, varied pricing for consumers in the case of booze - tax portion aside, of course.

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